VON Strasser & Rudy Wines

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VON Strasser Winery
Rudy’s passionate interest in Cabernet Sauvignon lead him to discover a family connection to Eric de Rothschild, and he wrote a letter asking to do an internship at Chateau Lafite-Rothschild. Each year the Chateau had been hiring an intern from the French winemaking program at Montpellier. Thinking that two minds are better than one, Mr. Rothschild invited Rudy to work for the 1985 harvest as their first American intern. Upon completion, Rudy returned to Napa Valley in the spring of 1986 and became the enologist at Trefethen Winery and Vineyards. In 1988, he became the assistant winemaker in charge of production at Newton Vineyards in St. Helena.

Shortly after their marriage in 1989, Rudy and Rita von Strasser set out looking for a vineyard property to serve as a home for their future family as well as future brand. Having already developed a deep passion and talent for producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Rudy was committed that the property must be in a microclimate blessed with the ability to grow and produce the finest red wines in Napa Valley. Coincidentally, the old Roddis Estate Winery on Diamond Mountain had just been put on the market, and in a bold move, the von Strasser label was born.

From 1990 through 2016, von Strasser Winery made their mark on Napa Valley with their Diamond Mountain District Cabernets. Not only did Rudy spearhead the effort to turn Diamond Mountain District into a distinct AVA (American Viticultural Area), he assembled a core of the AVA’s best vineyards to partner with. On top of his Estate Vineyard, he has made vineyard designated wines from Sori Bricco Vineyard, Spaulding Vineyard, Post Vineyard, Agira Vineyard, Diamond Terraces Vineyard, Rainin Vineyard and Vineyard 2131. Over this period, he achieved unparalleled success as a Cabernet producer. Von Strasser Winery was named Wine and Spirits Magazine Winery of the Year for an unbelievable 13 times over this span.

Starting in 2017, von Strasser is making another bold move by relocating their winery and expanding their labels. In late 2015, von Strasser Winery added Lava Vine Winery to their portfolio. Lava Vine, a small Calistoga winery, is known for its ‘alternative varietal’ portfolio of wines. The facility at Lava Vine is currently being expanded to include an ultra-modern fermentation and barrel aging building. The Lava Vine brand already has a loyal following thanks to their great wines and friendly tasting room. Over the next few years, Rudy will slowly expand the Lava Vine brand to focus on Pinot Noir, Grenache, Petite Sirah and Grüner Veltliner. However do not be surprised when offered a taste of Verdehlo, Tempranillo, charbono, or old-vine Zinfandel, and many other treats. And of course, Rudy will also continue to make his world class Von Strasser label single vineyard cabernet sauvignons.

2017

Rudy Knights Valley Chardonnay

Von Strasser Chardonnay

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A refreshing take on classic California Chardonnay. Coming exclusively from the Bella Vista Vineyard, this Chardonnay offers is a beautiful expression of what Knights Valley Chardonnay has to offer. Bright green apple with notes of Iris and Lavender on the nose. White peach and honey give way to balanced acidity and a crisp dry finish.  Aged 6 months, sur-lie, in 600gal Neutral Oak barrels.  

Varietal Make-up:
100% Chardonnay

Appellation:
100% Knights Valley

ABV:
14.1%

Production:
400 cases

2020

Rudy Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

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The Rudy Sauvignon Blanc is a classic expression of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc.  Grown in the hot Northeastern part of the valley.  Aged 4 months, sur-lie in stainless steel.  

Varietal Make-up
100% Sauvignon Blanc

Appellation
100% Napa Valley

ABV
14%

2018

Rudy North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

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A blend of special vineyard plots within Lake County AVA, Napa Valley AVA and Suisun AVA.
Each AVA along with the unique varietal blend, combine to create a unique expression that brings forth a delectable expression of Cabernet Sauvignon.  

Varietal Make-up
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 15% Proprietary blend

Appellation
72% Lake County Vineyards, 15% Napa Valley, 13% Suisun Valley

Cooperage
100% French Oak, 25% New for 12 months

ABV
14.5%

2016

Rudy North Coast Syrah

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A beautifully structured expression of Syrah from a selection of special North Coast vineyards.  The Syrah is well complemented by supporting Grenache and a touch of Charbono for dimension.  

Delightfully layered and textured with abundant dark, brooding berry fruit, with notes of vanilla, cedar and pepper all wrapped around silky tannins.  

Varietal Make-up: 76% Syrah, 14% Grenache, 11% Charbono                                                       

Appellation:
76% Mendocino, 14% Suisun County, 11% Napa County

Cooperage
100% French Oak, 25% new for 12 months.

ABV
14.1%

2018

Rudy North Coast Zinfandel

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This is a very classic Zinfandel.  A blend of special vineyard plots within Mendocino AVA, Napa Valley AVA and Suisun AVA.  Each AVA along with the unique varietal blend, combine to create a unique expression that is in the spirit of the old field blends of years past that were commonly dominated by Zinfandel but also had a very interesting supporting case.

Abundant red berry fruits with pronounced ripe raspberries along with boysenberry, black cherry, blueberry and plum which are complimented by hints of leather, cacao, vanilla and baking spice.

Varietal Make-up: 76% Zinfandel, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon                                                       

Appellation:
65% Mendocino, 25% Napa Valley, 10% Suisun Valley

Cooperage
100% French Oak, 25% new for 12 months.

ABV
14.1%

2018

Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

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Our “DMD” is an elegant expression of Diamond Mountain District. This blend of our six single vineyards all within this AVA offers a softer, approachable style highlighted by its fruit forward nature.

Varietal Make-up
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 Petit Verdot, 8% Malbec, 4% Merlot

Appellation
100% Diamond Mountain District

Cooperage
100% French Oak for 18 months
30% New Barrels

ABV
14.2%

2015

Reserve Red Wine - Diamond Mountain District

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This Reserve bottling is made only in outstanding vintages, and represents the pinnacle of our enological and viticultural skills. It is a tiny blend made from the best lots of the vintage.

This wine is a unique blend of our finest Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Malbec blocks. Lush aromas of big red fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla and supple spices entice the taste-buds. Dense flavors of dark berries and cocoa nib lead into an elegant, impeccably balanced finish of caramel, pie spice, pepper, and sweet Cuban tobacco.

Varietal Make-up
40% Cabernet Sauvignon
40% Petit Verdot
10% Malbec
10% Merlot

Appellation
100% Diamond Mountain District

Cooperage
100% French Oak
100% New Barrels

ABV
14.2%

2016

Sori Bricco Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - Diamond Mountain District

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Sori Bricco is a beautifully constructed wine from our highest elevation vineyard, the title of which means “Sunny Hillside”.

Varietal Make-up
81% Cabernet Sauvignon
4.5% Petit Verdot
10% Malbec
4.5% Merlot

Appellation
100% Diamond Mountain District

Cooperage
100% French Oak
50% New Barrels

ABV
14.2%

 

Other Single Vineyard Offerings, please inquire
  • 2017 Post Vineyard, Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon Info Sheet
  • 2016 Agira Vineyard, Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon Info Sheet
  • 2016 Vineyard 2131, Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon Info Sheet
  • 2016 Diamond Terraces, Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon Info Sheet
  • 2017 Diamond Terraces, Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon Info Sheet
  • 2017 Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Info Sheet

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